Pagan displaying solid defense for Giants

Pagan displaying solid defense for Giants

SAN FRANCISCO -- Angel Pagan has balanced his record-breaking offensive performance with defensive improvement.

The Giants center fielder entered Thursday having been charged with five errors, half of his 2011 total with the New York Mets. Pagan attributed most of last year's miscues to an overzealous approach.

"We were in desperate need of some defense and I was just trying to be Superman, I guess," said Pagan, who has started 143 games in center.

Pagan said that he has remained aggressive.

"That's the way I like to play, trying to prevent the extra base," he said. "I don't care if I get an error, because I'm still being a good outfielder. It's not like I'm missing catches or overthrowing people. I'm very confident in the outfield. I never have any doubts. I know my routes; I know my limits."

Manager Bruce Bochy said that Pagan, 31, has exercised better judgment in the outfield.

"He has really cut down on the mental errors that he supposedly had in New York," Bochy said. "He's really done a great job here. He's so athletic and he covers a lot of ground out there, but he's been playing smart, too -- throwing to the right base and hitting the cutoff man."